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Twitter “Tweets From Strangers” Problem Persists

Twitter (maybe) baffled by random timeline interruptions

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The good news, in terms of Twitter’s performance and reliability, is that the fail whale hasn’t made an appearance today.  The bad is that random people’s tweets are showing up in the timelines of non-followers, and employees may not have much of an idea why.

Twitter LogoA post addressing this matter popped up in the Known Issues section of the Twitter Support site, and in it, a representative started by asking people to check that the unwanted messages aren’t just retweets following the new format.

He then went on a bit of a fishing expedition, continuing, "We would greatly appreciate information about your situation if you are affected by this issue."  And although a full 12 pages of examples have since been provided, a resolution doesn’t seem imminent, with more appearing on a regular basis and no update in sight.

It’s been said before, and now needs to be said again: this sort of thing is just embarrassing.  Twitter’s been around for long enough (and received plenty of money, too) that problems shouldn’t crop up so often.  Incidents like this annoy individual users and probably scare businesses.

Ah, well.  As always, we’ll see what happens.

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  • http://pauloflaherty.com Paul OFlaherty

    I haven’t yet seen the issue yet myself, although I have seen a number of people I follow mention it. One does have to wonder how many of the mentions are people unfamiliar with the new retweet format.

  • http://www.thegrowtallerexercises.info mark

    I have seen this issue a couple of times and like you say, twitter seem clueless as to what is going on.

  • http://www.sciencelives.com ScienceLives

    I noticed this once a couple of months ago, but haven’t noticed anything since the new features were launched. I’ll be keeping my eye out for anything unusual though.

  • http://www.SitesWithoutWalls.com Kristine Schachinger

    Best way to find out would be to comment out the RT button for a period of time and let RTing go back to normal until you can see if it is indeed causing the issue. The button has been a disaster from the start anyway (not showing in 3rd party tools, unwanted, no comments can be added the list goes on) so no great loss if it goes away.

  • http://daretocomment.com Ian Greenleigh

    I remember, just some weeks ago during the height of the infamous “Britney avatar” spamming, a Tweet by someone I follow that summed it all up for me. She was a sometimes-speaker that gave presentations to real estate boards about new media, Twitter in particular. She said something to me, to the effect of: “Until I can have 100% control over my timeline, I will not be sharing this with my classes”. How many others are out there like her? No one expects Twitter to be perfect, but this stuff should be dealt with sooner.